Introduction to Electrical Outlets in Mexico
If you’re planning a trip to Mexico, you probably have a lot of questions about the Mexico outlet type and ask yourself, “Does Mexico have the same outlets as the US?” I’m here with a complete guide to Mexico outlets so you can know exactly what to expect for electric plugs in Mexico!
Packing the correct power adapter for Mexico is key to ensuring you can use all your tech gadgets and electrical tools without damaging them. As someone who travels frequently, I’ve gone through a lot of trial and error figuring out power outlets in Mexico and understanding how voltage in Mexico compares to the US.
Still wondering, “Do you need an adapter in Mexico?” This Mexico power outlet vs. US guide will answer all your questions about the Mexico outlet type you’ll see during your trip.
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Mexican Power Outlets: What Outlets Does Mexico Use?
Before diving into my picks for the best power adapters to fit different Mexico wall outlet types, we have to talk about what kind of electrical outlets Mexico uses. Here’s a quick overview of Mexico plugs you can expect to see during your trip.
Fun Facts About Mexico Electrical Outlet: Same as US?
One of my favorite fun facts about Mexico plug types is they’re the same as what you’ll find throughout Canada and the United States. All three North American countries use Type A and Type B plugs, which are almost the same except for one small but important difference.
Type A plugs are designed with two flat prongs, while Type B has two flat prongs plus a circular pin. This means that while you can use a Type A plug with both kinds of outlets, Type B plugs can only be used with Type B outlets. Type A plugs are more versatile and make it easier to find and use compatible electrical outlets in Mexico.
If you’re traveling from a European country or somewhere else in the world, you’ll likely need a power adapter for Mexico in order to use the standard power outlets in Mexico. While many popular tourist towns in Mexico offer Type A and B plugs, more rural areas of the country may use different outlet types, so a universal adapter is helpful to have on hand. Keep reading to learn more about adapters in a bit!
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Frequency and Voltage in Mexico Outlets
Another important factor to consider when planning for the standard type of power outlet in Mexico is frequency and voltage. Fun facts about Mexico power outlets: the standard frequency is 60 Hz, which is the same in Canada and the United States.
As far as voltage in Mexico, the typical range for standard Mexico electrical outlet types is between 110 to 120 volts. This is common among all North American countries, so you shouldn’t have any issues plugging electronics into power outlets in Mexico.
For those traveling from Europe or other areas of the world where the standard voltage is higher (for example, in the 220-volt range) you may need to invest in a voltage converter. If you try to plug something with high voltage into the standard Mexico outlet type, you run the risk of damaging both your belongings and the Mexico wall outlet. A powerful surge can cause items to overheat and overload the electrical system so that it no longer works properly.
Thankfully, there are a lot of voltage converters and surge protectors on the market to keep your laptop, hairdryer, and phone charger safe when using them with Mexico plugs. Voltage converters ensure your devices stay at an appropriate power level so they don’t get damaged when connected to a power outlet in Mexico.
I also suggest packing a surge protector power strip for an extra layer of protection against harmful electrical surges. Power strips not only provide extra plugs for you to use and charge multiple devices at once, but they also prevent voltage spikes that could damage electrical equipment.
Many devices now are also designed with dual voltage capability, which means they work at both higher and lower voltage levels. You can tell if your items are dual voltage by checking the volt range of the device. If the range is somewhere between 100 to 240 volts, you can safely plug it into a Mexico power outlet without overloading the system.
Mexico Plugs: Same as US?
Those traveling to Mexico from Canada or the United States do not need to bring an adapter to use the standard Mexico plug type. This is because all three countries use Type A and Type B plugs, so devices will already be compatible with most Mexico electrical outlet types.
If you’re visiting Mexico from somewhere else in the world, like Europe, you’ll likely need a power adapter to use C, E/F, and other plugs with the electrical outlets in Mexico. Additionally, European electronics tend to have a higher voltage range than the electric plugs in Mexico are designed for. You’ll want to pack a universal adapter, voltage converter, and surge protector so you don’t damage devices when plugging them into Mexican power outlets.
Universal adapters are a great tool to carry while traveling because they let you safely use electronics virtually anywhere in the world. A universal adapter is equipped with different plug types that fit a variety of sockets and outlets, giving your devices plenty of versatility as you travel worldwide.
Universal adapter devices typically range in price from $10 to $30+. The MINGTONG brand Travel Adapter also works as a surge protector and is priced at just $15. Insignia’s All-in-One Travel Adapter is another popular choice for $25 that lets you use multiple devices at once.
Adapting Your Devices to Mexico Outlets: FAQs and Fun Facts About Mexico Power
Some electronics are designed so they can be used in different countries. This means they’ll be labeled as ‘dual-voltage’. Dual voltage electronics have two options: 110-120V and 220-240V. They are ideal for travel because they are safe to use at home and abroad, too.
The latest Macbooks and iPhones have a dual voltage that automatically adjusts in their destination. However, you may need to adjust the voltage manually by moving an external switch in certain items such as hair tools.
If your device isn’t dual voltage, you’re better off leaving it at home. However, most modern devices such as phones and laptops already have a dual voltage capability built in.
If your electronics are not dual voltage, an international power converter (also called a transformer, voltage adapter, or international voltage converter) could be used. However, voltage converters tend to be large, heavy devices so they are less practical for travel. If your device isn’t dual voltage it requires a converter so it’s best to leave it at home, particularly if it’s a hair tool.
Because blow dryers and flat irons require a large amount of power, look for products with dual voltage options. Keep in mind that this does not guarantee your hair styling tool will work as well abroad as it does at home, even with the dual voltage setting.
As one reader says, “I wouldn’t recommend using a hair dryer with a travel power converter. It’s very likely you will still blow a fuse, or worse, knock out power for half the hotel! You could also fry your device by doing this.
Still have some doubts about adapting your devices to fit the standard Mexico outlet type? These frequently asked questions will resolve any lingering confusion about the Mexico plug type you’ll see throughout the country.
🔌 Do you need an adapter in Mexico?
If you have devices compatible with Type A and Type B plugs that operate in the 120-volt and 60 Hz frequency range, you shouldn’t need a power adapter. If your items are designed with a different plug type and work at a higher voltage range, you will need a universal adapter, voltage converter, and surge protector to safely use them with a power outlet in Mexico.
🔌 Will my phone charger work in Mexico?
As long as your phone charger is designed with a Type A or B plug (or is connected to a power adapter), you’ll be able to use it with a Mexico wall outlet.
🔌 Can I charge my iPhone in Mexico?
Yes, you can charge your iPhone with electrical outlets in Mexico as long as it’s designed for use in Canada and the United States. Many newer iPhone models are also dual voltage, so you should be able to use them without a voltage converter.
🔌 Will my laptop charger work in Mexico?
Yes, laptop chargers with Type A or B plugs are compatible with the standard electrical outlets Mexico uses. Other types of laptop chargers may require the use of an adapter, voltage converter, and/or surge protector.
🔌 Can I charge my camera in Mexico?
Yes, many camera chargers can be plugged directly into Mexico outlets or used with the help of a universal adapter and voltage converter.
🔌 Will my hairdryer work in Mexico?
Your hairdryer will work with Mexican power outlets as long as it’s designed for North American use. If you’re using a hairdryer from another part of the world, confirm where the plug type is A or B and if the frequency range matches the standard voltage in Mexico.
🔌 Will my curling iron work in Mexico?
Yes, curling irons that are compatible with outlets in Canada and the United States will work with electric plugs in Mexico.
🔌 Do I need an adapter in Cancun?
Cancun uses Type A and B plugs like most areas of Mexico, so you only need an adapter if you use devices made with another kind of plug.
🔌 Does Mexico have the same outlets as the US?
Yes, Mexico and the United States both use Type A and B plugs, which is also the same kind used in Canada.
Mexico Travel Guide Planning
🧳 Any recommendations on what I should pack for Mexico?
🚗 Where can I book bus or private transportation while I’m in Mexico?
I strongly recommend using GottoGo. You can book almost all transport in the major Mexican tourist destinations through them online. They don’t just cover buses they also cover shuttles, ferries, and private drivers.
🎫 Where can I buy tickets for museums, attractions, and tours in Mexico?
First and foremost check out all of the amazing Mexico tours Where Sidewalks End has. They are a small local company and they have some really special experiences.
If you are traveling to Cancun you can use GoCity and save up to 55% of the initial cost of entrance tickets to various museums, tours, and attractions!
If you are traveling to Playa del Carmen then I recommend booking through my friend Vanessa at Turismo Channel. You can check out their tours by clicking here and using the following discount codes for the best prices clairecaroff (car rental), claire10off (for 10% off group tours), claireprivate (for a discount on private tours). You can also send her a WhatsApp message quoting the above codes to receive the discount.
👩⚕️ What is the best insurance to have while traveling?
I have also written a blog post covering all my recommended travel insurance here
✈️ Any flight recommendations?
📱What do you use for internet connection while traveling?
I’m a big fan of personal WiFi devices and they have saved my ass so many times when traveling. I wrote a full review of the top travel WiFi devices you can read here. I personally use GlocalMe as I can either pop in a physical sim card or use their local carrier.
With regards to my phone connection, I use e-sims while traveling, so rather than having to swap out my regular sim card I can download the app and buy a virtual sim card. I recommend using eitherAirhub or Alosim. Both have great coverage of multiple countries and are very easy to use.
🛏️ What is the best platform to use for booking accommodation?
🛅 Do you have any luggage recommendations for traveling?
Conclusion: Fun Facts About Mexico Outlet Type
With my complete guide to the standard Mexico outlet type used throughout the country, you can be a confident world traveler! No more worrying about your devices working with a Mexico power outlet or whether you need to invest in a power adapter for Mexico. Check out my Mexico Travel Guide for even more inspiration and helpful tips as you plan your trip to this beautiful country.